Due to inclement weather, this event has been cancelled and rescheduled to Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Hike Deep Creek Hot Springs near Hesperia, CA
- Trail Length: 4 miles RT
- Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,000 feet
- Trailhead Elevation: 4400 feet
- Difficulty Rating: Moderate
- Terrain: The trail is very narrow with steep drop-offs in some sections. There are two very steep sections. Some areas have loose sandy soil. Stream crossing may be up to 3-4 feet deep. The return hike is uphill with average slope of 8%
Meeting Location: 8 AM at Hunter's on Arenas - click here for Google map directions. If you plan on driving direct to the trailhead you can find some directions on the Deep Creek Volunteers website - click here. Let us know if you'll meet us at the trailhead (we'll wait for only a few minutes).
Expected Time Of Return: 6:30 PM or later. We may stop in Yucca Valley for dinner
Registration for this hike is required to acknowledge waiver electronically.
Road conditions to trailhead: Deep Creek is about 100 miles (2.5 hours) from Palm Springs and the last 6 miles of driving is on a dirt road where you should have a high clearance vehicle. We will park at Bowen Ranch which is private property Parking costs $5 per person (bring exact change). GPS coordinates for the Bowen Ranch House are: 34.363631, -117.162044 or N34 21.507 W117 09.871. Click here for driving directions.
Getting to the hot springs themselves requires wading across a cold creek.
Bring: Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Hat, sunscreen and layered clothing are recommended; something to sit on (a towel is good enough, gas money for carpooling, a five-dollar bill for parking. Sturdy hiking footwear and adequate drinking water are required. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver at Hunter's. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. If you do carpool, please contribute to the driver's round trip gas cost.
Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels. We'll send a cancellation email out.
Deep Creek Hot Springs is a popular, clothing optional, skinny-dipping spot on U.S. Forest Service land. It's got (1) hot springs, (2) a cold creek, (3) beach-like areas and rocks to hang out on.
Photos: Please ask before taking photos of people. Click here to see photos from some of our prior trips to Deep Creek.
GOPS Naked Policy: Click here.
Hiking Requirements: Click here.
Scott: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org (click here); or
Ed: Webmaster-PS@GreatOutdoors.org (click here)